Atom Bomb [Joe Bonica's Movie of the Month]
- Publication date
- ca. 1955
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
"Survival Town" Atom Test, operation "Teapot"
Atomic Test, amazing films of H-Bomb
Actual footage of nuclear bomb testing, the scientists and military people involved in a the South Pacific and the American Southwest. Frighteningly slim and few precautions are taken with the lives of those people who jobs were to be present at the test sites. Film purports to prove that survival of nuclear attack is possible.
Bikini Atoll; testing of the atomic bomb; Navy crews watch from deck of ship;
remote control Los Alamos director Dr. Holloway;
crew straps on goggles; bomb explodes;
aerial shot shows ships immediately adjacent to the mushroom cloud;
Mercury, Nevada test; some tanks were less than a mile away;
scene of utter devastation and annihilation
Operation Teapot Yucca Flat Nevada;
9000 servicemen ready to take their places in trenches;
soldiers dust each other off with brooms;
"Demonstrating the importance of civil defense preparedness, the elaborate exercises proved survival is possible, offering new hope to all who live in the shadow of the atomic age."
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Subject: Destruction Unlimited Inc.
As a Vietnam era Veteran I use the VA twice a week for aquatherapy and had a discussion with other Veterans about this film and the ships that were used. One of them brought up the fact that at that time in history America was the biggest and best quality steel producers in the world.
Now our biggest product is drug addicts and criminals.
Subject: On the bomb and 911`
Subject: Reply to "Apeism is Stupid"
Practice before you preach...
Subject: Old Man was there
May God have mercy on your soul, so you won't end up living (if it can be called,"living") with Satan, and everyone who follows him, when these End Times are done.
Bombs like these, are the worst inventions by mankind. The Antichrist is coming soon, and bombs like these, may be used at that time. BUT Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will return, and He will put an end to all the madness...
"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened...
...For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."- Matthew 24:21-22,27-31
"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."
May God soften the hardened hearts.
Merry Christmas to all...
Subject: Big Government Bombs
Ever since the invention of the wheel, the discovery and use of nuclear power has been inevitable. With Man's predilection for self-destruction, the questions were only who would get it first and what would it be used for?
To be sure, the United States has promulgated its share of evil in the world, but the "Blame America First" and "Hate the Bushies" crowds are becoming quite tedious. Please do something about your own country's contributions before wagging self-righteous fingers at the "evil USA".
Post WWII, the United States did not enslave the world or commit global genocide as the Nazis would have. Were proper safety precautions taken by the US during testing, and did our scientists fully understand the implications of radiation? No - the science was new and we simply did not have enough data.
As residents of this planet, we know far more now, and I doubt any sane people would choose to re-visit nuclear holocaust on any culture - but therein lies the problem. Sanity is in short supply these days, and any fringe group with the technical expertise can and probably will attack individuals or perhaps the entire globe with nuclear, chemical, or biological WMDs.
Again, I think this is inevitable - unless we somehow learn to live with each other.
Subject: Great footage
Subject: Atom Bomb
Subject: human sacrifice
Subject: Nuclear War
Speaking to a man once involved in 'civil defence' in Britain I learned that the expectation was 80% of the population would die in a not unlikley 200 megaton attack on te UK during the cold war. He said there was no question of burying the dead. Large population areas would be buldozed flat when possible. The 'policy' objective would be to preserve the gene pool. Everyone over 21 who survived was expandable and would work at what ever was required until they dropped, the aim being to keep the younger people alive. All a rather stark contrst to the 'Survival Town' section.
In a way these films are a testament to the lack of understanding about what nuclear war across the globe would really mean at the time it was made. Or at least it refelcts the lack of understanding of the civilian population. At the same time though the sheer imensity of the detonations inthe images maight help younger people today understand what could have happend and indeed what cold still happen. After all from now until the end of humanity is anywone really sure these things won't be used and hundreads or even thousands of millions of people killed with so little purpose.
Somtimes peace can be an uncomfortable one but death,after all, is permanent.
Subject: Too Close To Home...
Subject: freedom is save!
Subject: Atom Bomb
Subject: LA BAMBA ???
Subject: It will be hot time in town tonight!
Nuke 'em until they glow, glow, glow!
Subject: Stupidity-The most dangerous weapon of all
Subject: Kids of the future will do it anyway
Subject: Humans, huh! Always think they know best...
The intials tests (and remember the technology of the time!) indicated that at a certain distance, you would be safe from the bomb's radiation. Instead, many of the people who were there for the making of this film died of radiation related illnesses. During these tests there were "viewing areas" for bigwigs, both military and civilian. Some of them were way too close. Guess what happened to those "viewers"?
A similar thing happened to actors and film crew who worked on a western in what was supposed to be a "safe" area in the Nevada desert near a nuclear testing site in the early 1950's. The mortality rate among those present was quite high.
To read about the impact on the inhabitants of Bikini and other Marshall islands, go to: http://www.bikiniatoll.com/
But of course, we were the GOOD GUYS - how could it be wrong?
So typical of humans: they create the most devistating force ever, far beyond anything anyone had ever imagined, and thought they could make it their servant, obediant and harmless. Silly mortals.
You bright kids who are going to come up with the next bit of devastating technology take note.
Subject: Some are more equal than others
Subject: Proud of America
Subject: REQUEST please! RADIO BIKINI
Subject: An interesting point
Subject: Lets get the facts straight
But as for some of the other reviews of this film: Being in the area of a small nuclear explosion (and these were small) is not the healthiest thing in the world, but it's not necessarly super-dangerous either. Most of the radiation from the blast is atenuated to safe levels a few miles away. A greater concern is the fallout, which if inhaled or ingested could colect radioisotopes in the body and cause cancer or other problems. Not eating and wearing breathing masks as well as not staying in the area too long are good preventitive measures.
Most of the radioisotopes are short lived, and it becomes safe to even venture to ground zero for a short period of time within days.
Today the Nevada Test Site and the Paciffic Proving grounds (including bikini atoll) are completely safe to visit, even with strict government standards. They even offer scuba diving at bikini atoll. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were rebuilt. The Chenobel accident in the USSR released over a thousand times more fallout than a nuclear explosion does.
Keep in mind: Edward Teller wittnessed several nuclear blasts and lived to almost 100. Glenn Seaborg saw a few and lived into his 90's. Leslie Groves lived into his 80's. Most of the scientists lived long lives.
As long as proper precautions are taken there is no need for alarm.
For more information on radiation saftey I suggest visiting
Subject: This is serious!
Around the time of the first Gulf War, President Bush 1 was reported to have referred to individual soldiers as "OFUs", meaning "One Fodder Unit". That evil sensibility is very much on display in this movie.
Subject: Heros and Warrior Revisited
Subject: Heros and warriors
Subject: Atom Bomb
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Boom! Boom! Boom!